JIS News

Story Highlights

  • The top performers in the Governor General’s ‘I Believe’ Essay competition were on Thursday May 15, presented with their prizes.
  • The participants were asked to write an essay of not more than 500 words on the topic ‘What’s right with Jamaica’.
  • In congratulating the recipients, Governor General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen said they were very thoughtful in putting their essays together.

The top performers in the Governor General’s ‘I Believe’ Essay competition were on Thursday May 15, presented with their prizes.

The presentations were made by wife of the Governor General, Lady Allen, during a ceremony at the Petersfield association of community-based organisations facility in Shewsbury, Westmoreland.

The participants were asked to write an essay of not more than 500 words on the topic ‘What’s right with Jamaica’.

Romario Ricketts, a student of Frome Technical High School emerged winner ahead of Evernette Drummond in second position, while Renae Brown copped third place, and Leonardo Brown finished fourth.

In congratulating the recipients, Governor General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen said they were very thoughtful in putting their essays together and had shown that “there is nothing wrong with Jamaica that cannot be fixed with what is right with Jamaica”.

Meanwhile, facilitator at the Petersfield association of community-based organisations, John Mathias Brown said the students had excelled.

“We saw tots of research, thought, and creativity going into the writing of these essays. The judges had a difficult time selecting the winner as they were all well written and anyone could have been selected as the winner,” he said.

The essay competition, which was launched among high school students in Westmoreland in March, attracted 17 entries.